The OFLA Mission

Every Ohio student will be proficient in a second language, which is essential to a world-class education.

The OFLA Vision

The Ohio Foreign Language Association is committed to articulated, standards-based world language study beginning in the primary grades, so that every learner, from early childhood through adult, acquires a high level of communicative and intercultural competence.

The OFLA Strategic Plan

  1. Establish clear expectations for foreign language learners.
  2. Build the capacity of foreign language educators to prepare learners to demonstrate their proficiency.
  3. Build support for foreign language instruction among parents, policy leaders, the business community and opinion leaders in the media.
  4. Advocate to attract, support and retain highly qualified foreign language educators.

The Cardinal is the member newsletter of the Ohio Foreign Language Association.


It is published three times per year

Submission Deadlines:

Fall edition deadline: October 1, 2015

Winter edition deadline: January 2, 2016

Spring/summer edition deadline: May 29, 2016


Send all submissions or queries to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


OFLA Editor for Print Publications: Jonathan Harris, St. Gabriel Consolidated School

OFLA Cardinal 2015-2016 Editing Team:

Kirsten Dickerson, Mentor High School

Deana Kramer, Perry High School

Laura Penzone, Hilliard High School

Juliana Porter, Newark High School

Elisabeth Ruiz-Flint, Seton Catholic School

Roz Terek, Poland Seminary High School

As stated in The Cardinal Vol.1 No 1, October 1962:  “We think we have the ideal title. Ohio’s representative bird, the cardinal, whose song is as beautiful as his plumage, is certainly distinctive. Furthermore, first definition of ‘cardinal’ is: ‘of basic importance.’ In this modern era it is ‘of basic importance’ for more Americans to know more modern foreign languages, and to know them better. So we think The Cardinal is a most suitable title for our modern foreign language newsletter. 


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